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Distance Learning (DL) is the official designation for online and hybrid classes. Many professors provide some materials online or use the learning management system (LMS), but a course is only "DL" when "seat time" (time spent in the classroom) on campus is replaced with online activities. when class time is 100% online with no in-person time, it is an "online" class. Courses that combine online activities and any required on-campus seat time are "hybrid" courses. Hybrid courses vary in how much or how little time is spent in class so that professors can design courses that meet the needs of the subject matter.  

Distance Learning Information

How to qualify to teach a Distance Learning Course at Mt. SAC

SPOT1. Get certified as a DL professor at Mt. SAC by completing the SPOT Course:

Skills and Pedagogy for Online Teaching - or SPOT - is an online, self-paced course that is facilitated by the Assistant Distance Learning Coordinator Carol Impara. It is about online teaching best practices, and assignments completed in the course help professors begin to build their online course components. To learn more about SPOT or sign up, click the link in the text or the image to the right.

2. Get your course DL-approved 

Visit our DL Amendment Forms webpage to begin the process of getting your course DL-approved by the Distance Learning Committee (DLC).

Check the POD calendar to sign up for POD or attend other locally scheduled workshops on Distance Learning.


Regular and Effective Contact

attentionDL courses must meet specific college, state, and federal requirements that apply specifically to the online environment. The most important DL regulation is "regular and effective contact," which indicates that the instructor initiates communication with students on a regular basis that contains instructional content. Contact also includes responsiveness to student-initiated contact, and the promotion of contact between students to promote instruction. This instructive communication is a large component that differentiates distance learning from correspondence courses, and it is critically important because it helps to determine eligibility for students to receive financial aid to take the course! 


Distance Learning Evaluations

DL faculty need to know how to facilitate the evaluations process for DL courses.

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